Catherine Zeta-Jones Stuns in 'Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story'

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11 January 2018

LIFETIME, Jan. 20, 8:00 PM ET

By Barb Oates

Fans of films like The Godfather and Goodfellas will relish the story of Griselda Blanco — the famed Colombian drug lord who rose to the top of the Medellín Cartel in the late 1970s and early ’80s — who is now the centerpiece of the Lifetime biopic Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story. Griselda’s nefarious story, brought to life by Catherine Zeta-Jones’ intoxicating performance, could have easily warranted a theatrical outing; instead, delightedly it makes its bow on TV this Saturday.

Editorial narratives, as told through the DEA agent tracking Griselda, weave through the film and share the story of a young girl abused by her mother who makes her way to the U.S. at an early age to become one of the most ruthless drug traffickers in history.

Shortly after arriving in New York in the early ’70s, Griselda (a.k.a. La Madrina) made a living as a petty criminal providing counterfeit passports to local drug dealers. Married three times and a mother to four boys (three of whom would later become involved in her criminal empire), Griselda had the creativity and street smarts to become a pioneer in the criminal world. She’s credited with being the mastermind behind drive-by motorcycle assassins and using beautiful women and the elderly as mules to smuggle drugs, as well as allegedly ordering the deaths of over 200 people (including children).

In the end she was regaled as the Black Widow/Cocaine Godmother but “everything she touched turned to @#$%.” She was eventually deported and in 2012 was assassinated with a technique she’s credited with introducing.
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